Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Might and Magic Heroes Kingdoms

To check out UbiSoft's brand new free to play mmorpg, check out this link.

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Monday, 30 August 2010

PC Adventure Game Review - Sam and Max Season 3, Episode 5 - The City that Dares Not Sleep

The season finale of Sam and Max: Season Three – The City that Dares Not Sleep is an enjoyable enough end to the season, though certainly not the best game season three has to offer.  With Max now a giant monster on the rampage (Sam comments that this is a real shame, as it’s exactly the sort of thing Max would have enjoyed seeing) and Agent Superball now Acting President and about to unleash nuclear blasts at the monster, Sam has a race against time to prove that some of his little buddy is still in there and save the day.

First of all Sam has to work out how to actually get inside Max, then how to control him, and face the mysterious narrator of the whole proceedings... The ending is somewhat reminiscent of the ending in Bedazzled and there are horror movie references throughout (though I probably missed most of them as I don’t like the genre), all done in that inimitable Sam and Max style of course.  The aesthetics are as impressive as ever, with nice-looking graphics, great music and voice-acting.

The publicity for this episode seriously hyped it as being enormous [“Prepare yourself. This is the biggest Sam and Max finale ever. (BIG!)”], but it doesn’t really deliver on that – I found it to be a relatively short episode.  Not annoyingly short, but certainly not “BIG!” – though Max as a city-eating monster was pretty large, of course.  Still, that doesn’t make it a bad episode of course.  There were some good puzzles here and it was nice to see Sybil back (now Sybil WAS genuinely much bigger, carrying as she is the unborn child of President Lincoln’s Living Statue – I can see how that might be a confusing sentence for people who are unaware of the plotline of Sam and Max since season one...!).  The game does occasionally feel less like playing a game than watching an interactive cartoon; this is partly compensated for by the range of things you’ll be doing in the game.

No (well, few) psychic powers here, but you do have the opportunity of taking control of a gigantic, rampaging monster from the inside, which isn’t something that happens too often.  The humour is great as always; the writing is occasionally sparkling (offbeat references to several things, including a reference to a particular Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck cartoon which will be completely lost on those who haven’t seen it,  are spread liberally throughout the script), and the ending is surprisingly moving.  All Sam and Max fans are going to enjoy this, though it isn’t as big – or perhaps as good – as we’d hoped.  Still, even average Sam and Max is good stuff, so I’ll rate it 7/10.

Head over to http://www.telltalegames.com/ and grab season three for $19.95 instead of $34.95.  I’m not sure when this offer ends.  (Apparently you can also get ALL THREE seasons for $39.95 – a great deal for adventure game fans who haven’t played any of them yet – though how could you be an adventure game fan and not have played Sam and Max?!?! – though I have to admit, I couldn’t actually find this on TellTale’s site when I looked.)

PC System Requirements:
  • Operating system: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz + (3 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent rec.)
  • Memory: 1GB Sound: DirectX 8.1 sound device
  • Video: 128MB DirectX 8.1-compliant video card (256MB rec.)
  • DirectX Version 9.0c or better

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Legends of Zork - Questing

Once you reach level 5 in Legends of Zork, you receive your first quest. It seems that each 5 levels you gain, a further quest becomes available. So far the two I've done have involved battling monsters in a particular location until you find another clue - not sure if future quests are going to involve more brainpower to solve!

The explanations of your initial quest and the progress you've made are quite funny, take the time to read them unless you're really impatient.

Without buying extra action points (not necessarily with cash - you can earn "coconuts", the currency used to buy advantages in the game, by completing surveys and signing up for things etc as well as parting with hard-earned cash), you get 30 Action Points added every 24 hours, and can let them mount up to a maximum of 90AP. This is quite a nice system - you can play every day if you want, but let the points accrue to a certain extent and have a longer playing session every 2-3 days.

Even though I've died a few times already, I've risen up the rankings quite quickly - not sure how long this rise will continue though!  The game has quite a lot of features, though it seems a bit limited to begin with - stick with it and level up a bit, and more areas and things to do are opened up.

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First Impressions - Warning, Fragile - Chapter 1

I have to admit that it took me a little longer to get into this than The Journey Down, but Warning: Fragile has many good points and I'm enjoying it. The pre-rendered 3D backgrounds and characters look great and are well-animated; pity there's no music but good sound effects. I haven't got very far into it yet so I don't know how well the plot will plan out - basically you're a spaceship pilot needing to make a delivery, with a crew that might best be described as "occasionally helpful".

To me the humour doesn't work all the time, but definitely had moments that made me smile. One really good puzzle so far, the rest has been okay. I'm not really sure why I'm having difficulty really getting into this game, but I think I just need to persevere a little. It's a very polished production, especially in terms of the visuals, and I think it'll be well a little worth perseverance.

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Final Request for More Nominations - Greatest PC Games of All Time

We now have 43 games nominated for the poll I'm going to do, to see which PC games my readers feel are the definitive classics.  So far the games nominated are:

  • Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
  • Anachronox
  • Angbang
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Broken Sword 2
  • Carmageddon 1
  • Civilisation
  • Company of Heroes
  • Conquest of the New World
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • Deus Ex
  • Diablo
  • Diablo 2
  • Discworld MUD
  • Dungeon Master
  • Fallout
  • Gabriel Knight 3
  • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • Grim Fandango
  • Half-Life
  • Heroes of Might and Magic
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Krush Kill 'N Destroy
  • Monkey Island 2
  • Paraworld
  • Planetscape: Torment
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Rise of Legends
  • Rise of Nations
  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Settlers 2
  • Shogun: Total War
  • Sim City
  • Simcopter
  • The Sims
  • The Sims 2
  • System Shock 2
  • TIE Fighter
  • Tomb Raider 1
  • TRON 2.0
  • Wizardry 7
  • Wizardy 8
  • X-Com UFO Defense 

If you have any games you really want included that aren't on this list, you have one week to nominate them. Leave a comment here or on the Buzz post and I'll add the game to the list.

Original post: The Greatest PC Games Ever - Call for nominations!

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Indie Game Review - Asro Driller 3020

Chronic Logic's game Astro Driller 3020 is an action puzzle game where you have to mine asteroids. You do this by drawing "laser lines" and breaking up asteroids, guiding them to collection pods at the bottom of the screen.  This is trickier than it sounds; firstly because you have to match the right coloured asteroid to the same coloured pod, secondly because there are many things to take into account and several types of asteroid' thirdly because it just gets extremely hectic at times.

There are many levels (planets) in the game, getting progressively tougher as they go and introducing you to new features of the game.  After each level you get an overall rating and may be awarded a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal if you did well; you also gain points to spend on upgrades.  Power-ups include having longer laser lines, more powerful lasers, longer-lasting lasers, and other goodies.  By the time you've dealt with the first few sets of easier levels, you're probably going to need all the help you can get...

The graphics are bright, colourful and full of energy - there's always a lot going on onscreen, and plenty of eye candy in the form of whizzy effects.  The music and sound effects too are good quality.

Overall Astro Driller 3020 takes a fairly simple idea and turns it into a very playable and challenging puzzle game.  The interface is well-designed and the game introduces new features and extra challenges at a nice pace.  Any puzzle game fan is going to get a lot of enjoyment from this game, and it's certainly no pushover to complete the game, with levels offering a worthwhile challenge early on, and some truly manic levels later in the game.

My rating is a very solid 8/10.

Astro Driller 3020 Download Page

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Sam and Max Series Finale Trailer

Press embargo lifts on 30th August so expact my review then. In the meantime...

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Freeware Adventure Game Review - The Journey Down - Episode One: Over The Edge

The Journey Down - Episode One: Over the Edge is a cracking little adventure game which features Bwana and Kito, struggling to pay off their debts, and an amazing adventure that begins when a woman enters the office looking to charter a plane. 

The storyline is good, hinting at a much larger world outside the immediate locations used in the game, and a conspiracy that only begins to be hinted at in this first episode.  The characters are wacky (and quite lovable),  the dialogue is often funny; it's also good at hinting at clues without revealing too much and making the puzzles too easy.  The puzzles themselves are quite nicely ranged in terms of both difficulty and variety, though one or two of them seemed a bit random to me.  More than compensating for this were some crazy yet somehow logical solutions to some of the puzzles.

Graphically The Journey Down is little short of a masterpiece in some ways.  While the character sprites do sometimes look out of proportion, they're well animated and expressive.  The backgrounds are gorgeous, and while opinion has been somewhat split on the AGS forums as to whether a higher resolution should have been used, the low-res, highly detailed backdrops are brilliantly evocative of the best examples of adventure games during the 16-bit days.  Some of the backgrounds definitely called to mind the style of Monkey Island 2, but are completely unique in their own right.

Musically the game is awesome too - the reggae funk music is brilliant and often the action in cut scenes are choreographed to the music extremely well.  Maybe there could have been more sound effects, but why get in the way of such good music?!

Being episodic the game is somewhat short, but it's a satisfying experience and will take maybe a couple of hours to complete, give or take half an hour.  I'm certainly looking forward to episode 2.

If you like adventure games and particularly retro-styled adventure games, do yourself a huge favour and download The Journey Down - Episode 1: Over the Edge now!

The Journey Down - Episode One: Over the Edge Screenshots

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Friday, 27 August 2010

Video Game Tester Blog

It's a fair bet that some of my readers have at some time, like myself, felt that being a video game tester must rank as one of the most desirable jobs on the planet. If you're one that still feels this way, you might want to check out the Video Game Tester Blog, which has lots of information about getting into this field of employment.

If anyone actually does manage - leave a comment, I'd love to hear about it!

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Press Release - Freejack Starts Open Beta on October 1st, 2010


Celebrates with Facebook Connect Contest – Win an Apple iPad and Other Great Prizes!

Toronto, CANADA— August 27th, 2010—Game Bridger Entertainment, a global publisher and distributor of interactive online entertainment media, announced today that the open beta test for its highly-anticipated free-to-play parkour racing game, FreeJack, will begin on Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 13:00 EDT (18:00 BST). Players that sign up for the open beta using Facebook Connect prior to the October 1st start date will be automatically entered into a contest to win an Apple iPad and other great prizes! Visit http://freejack.gamerkraft.com for entry details!  The FreeJack open beta will be playable for both North American and European players.

“Signing up for a free GamerKraft account was a snap before, but it’s now even easier thanks to Facebook Connect,” said Matthew Denomme, Marketing Manager at Game Bridger Entertainment, “signing up before FreeJack’s open beta start date of October 1st, 2010 will not only grant players access to the open beta for this innovative parkour racing game, but also automatically enter them in this exciting contest!”

All players that connect their GamerKraft and Facebook accounts, and follow FreeJack on Facebook prior to the FreeJack open beta start date, will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of ten fabulous prizes including: a 16GB Apple iPad, Apple iPods Touch, Sony PSP 3000 systems, and Samsung 12MP digital cameras! For contest entry details, visit http://freejack.gamerkraft.com.

FreeJack is a free-to-play parkour racing game for Windows PCs supporting Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Players race head-to-head across the urban metropolis of New Jack City in high-octane foot races, bustin’ stylish flips and tricks to increase their speed and gain access to hidden shortcuts. Players can personalize their character with fresh outfits and running gear and even customize their own unique in-game living space with cool furniture and accessories to show off to friends! FreeJack also supports online leaderboards, a club/clan system, in-game friends lists, and more! FreeJack is launching its open beta in October 2010 from GamerKraft. GamerKraft. Play Free.

FreeJack is free to download and play. Visit the FreeJack homepage at: http://freejack.gamerkraft.com.    

For more information about the GamerKraft free-to-play games platform please visit www.gamekraft.com. 

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Warning: Fragile - Chapter One Released!

Download Warning: Fragile - Chapter One

Warning: Fragile! is (or at least is supposed to become) a trilogy which tells the story of captain Bingler, who is the captain of a space ship called One Eyed Eagle. The story kicks off when Bingler is given a task by his employer to deliver a mysterious package to a far off planet called Earth. During the first chapter the goal is to get the ship off the ground as once again the beloved captain has crash landed when returning from his last delivery mission making the ship unable to take off.

Warning: Fragile Screenshots

User Guide for Warning: Fragile - Chapter One (Operation Blindhawk)

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Atari Release New Trailer for Blade Kitten

Kit Ballard has made a name for herself rounding up some of the most deadly scum in the galaxy. And with over 60 different weapon and costume combinations, she’ll always be prepared for what she might face on the mysterious world of Hollow Wish.  Join her in the all new action adventure game, Blade Kitten!

(Sorry, I did have a better quality video but it refused to upload.)

About Blade Kitten
Title:                    Blade Kitten
Platforms:         Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network, PC Download
Release Date:  September 2010
Developer:        Krome Studios            
Publisher:          Atari                  
Genre:                Action Adventure

Welcome to Hollow Wish... On the surface, it’s your typical lawless frontier. Yet this mysterious shell planetoid is filled with dark secrets and cloaked figures. It’s here Kit Ballard works as one of the best bounty hunters in the business. Don’t let her pink hair fool you, Kit is part cat, part girl, and wholly lethal. She is one of the last of her species, having fled her homeland after the genocide of her people at the hands of the ancient and mystical race known as the Darques.
Kit has since made a name for herself rounding up some of the most deadly scum in the galaxy. With her unique Darque Blade hovering at her side and obeying her every command, Kit can cut through even the toughest rogue drone while hunting down soft targets. Also along for the ride is Skiffy, Kit’s laid-back little sidekick who, when needed, serves as her protector.
Join Kit, Skiffy and the Darque Blade in the all new action adventure game... “Blade Kitten

·         Pick up-and-play arcade action. Players can jump right in and easily begin exploring and fighting their way through large levels offering multiple paths loaded with secret areas and hidden collectables.
·         19 levels including 3 exploration levels with Noot (a rideable alien mount). A two part mini-series available exclusively via digital distribution.
·         Straight forward platform side-scroller. Harkens back to the simpler side scrolling games of yesteryear but with the depth that modern players demand.
·         Intuitive “scramble style” exploration. Kit’s innate feline abilities enable her to easily traverse environments. Her free-running meets rock-climbing style movement is designed to encourage players to explore the dangerous world of Hollow Wish.
·         Dramatic Narrative and Powerful Visual Direction.  Blade Kitten goes well beyond most downloadable titles to deliver a strong narrative, in-engine cut-scenes, and a colorful, frenetic visual style that will be embraced by anime fans and casual gamers.
·         Fully voiced dialogue. Featuring a cast of 9 professional voice actors playing a total of 23 characters, each scripted sequence is fully voiced by Los Angeles based voice talent.
·         AI sidekick assistance. In certain locations, players can direct Kit’s sidekick “Skiffy” to assist them in combat, puzzle-solving, and in the collection of items.
·         From million-selling game creator Steve Stamatiadis. The Blade Kitten universe is the creation of Krome Co-Founder and Creative Director Steve Stamatiadis, his first new Intellectual Property since creating the multi-million selling “TY the Tasmanian TigerTM series.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

The Journey Down Episode 1 - Game, Sketches and Deleted Scenes

I've been playing The Journey Down: Episode 1 - Over the Edge and am so far finding it to be an excellent little adventure game.  Terrific graphics and reggae funk music, lovable characters, good puzzles.

The game's author Theo has also made a fascinating post on the AGS Forums with concept artwork and deleted scenes - definitely worth a look for anyone interested in adventure games and how they're made.  Check out this post.

The Journey Down: Episode One - Over the Edge Screenshots

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Legends of Zork - You Win Some, You Lost Some

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Legends of Zork

Just trying out the free MMORPG Legends of Zork - any of my readers on there? It seems quite fun so far, simple battle system, lots to do when you can level up enough. Like most "free" MMORPGs, it remains to be seen how far you can actually get without shelling out hard cash to get "advantages" in the game...

[Shocking revelation - I've never actually played a Zork game before!]

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GravelTrain's New Game Given a Name!

Indie developer GravelTrain's strategy RPG project formerly known by the somewhat cryptic title "RPG2" has now been given a proper name!

To find out what it is, and a bit more about the game, head over to Indie Game News, where the game's author has posted the information.

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Press Release - The new ASUS N Series and SonicMaster propel laptop audio to a new level

(I got sent this press release, and figured it might be of interest to laptop owners or those who were thinking of getting a new laptop.  If I'm wrong... well, I can live with that, I've been wrong before!)
23rd August 2010

Developed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, the ASUS SonicMaster standard delivers the most advanced multimedia features available for laptop PCs

The new N Series from ASUS is the first ever range of laptops to address the problem of sub-standard audio on portable PCs. Two new Intel® Core™ i5 models are available, 15.6” and 17.3” screens, and both combine superior audio technology with eye-catching designs. Each new model also features the latest NVIDIA® GeForce 400M 3D chipset with Optimus™ technology for outstanding power source-optimised graphics performance.

For further information about ASUS SonicMaster, please see:

A superlative Sound Standard

Realising that people spend up to a third of their day using multimedia devices of some description and that most laptops fall short in delivering high-quality audio, ASUS went back to the drawing board.

Working with its own ‘Golden Ear’ team and the acclaimed Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® innovations house, ASUS focused on ways to develop natural sound that wasn’t compromised by the constraints posed by laptop computers, but instead capitalised upon them. The result represents a new standard in laptop audio — ASUS SonicMaster.

SonicMaster isn’t a gimmick, but a new professional audio certification programme for portable computers. SonicMaster-compliant laptops like the new N Series incorporate large speaker chambers, more powerful amplifiers and extensive software processing to deliver breathtaking audio fidelity.

Multimedia mastery

Superlative audio is only one facet of the new N Series’ multimedia mastery. The NVIDIA GeForce 325M and 400M Fermi-based 3D graphics chipsets provide excellent DirectX 11 performance, complete with hardware-acceleration for silky smooth HD video playback.

ASUS Video Magic technology further enhances image quality by expertly upscaling SD content and automatically enhancing image quality.

Combined with LED-backlit screens with a zero dead pixel guarantee, the new N Series are laptops that are a feast for the eyes — and ears.

Win more music with ASUS SonicMaster!

To celebrate the launch of the new N Series, ASUS is planning a series of competitions for end-users. Prizes include concert tickets and HMV vouchers, and details will be announced over the coming weeks on the ASUS Tech in Style Twitter account — see www.twitter.com/techinstyle.

The competitions kick off with the chance to one of three pairs of tickets to experience the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring at The Royal Albert Hall.  Entries must be made via ASUS Tech in Style at www.techinstyle.tv/sonicmaster and you can find full details at the site.

Pricing and availability

The ASUS N Series N53 and N73 will be available UK-wide from a number of retailers and etailers including Comet*, Micro Anvika, Selfridges and Amazon.co.uk.  Prices start from £649.99 SRP inc VAT.

(*N53 will be available from Comet at http://www.comet.co.uk and in-store from early November – perfect timing for Christmas)

Product Specifications (Note - may differ slightly depending on retailer)
Processor      Intel® Core™ i5-520M (2.4GHz - 2.933GHz) or Core™ i3-370M (2.4GHz)
OS               Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit
Display          15.6” HD TFT (1366 x 768, Color-Shine)
Graphic Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT325/415M, 1GB dedicated graphics memory with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology for outstanding power source-optimised graphics performance
Storage         320GB/500GB (5400rpm)
Memory         4096MB (2048x2) DDRIII 1066 RAM
Optical Drive Blu-Ray Combo
Wireless        802.11 BGN
Webcam        Yes
Numeric Keypad Yes
Bluetooth       2.1 + EDR
Keyboard       19mm full size 88 Key with MS Windows function keys, Numeric Keyboard
Card Reader   7-in-1 (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, XD, Smart Media, mini SD w/ adapter, MS-Duo)
Interface       1 x VGA port
        1 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x e-SATA/USB2.0 Combo
1 x LAN RJ-45 jack (10/100/1000MBit)
1 x HDMI (1080p support)
2 x Audio Jacks (Headphone, SPDIF/MIC-in)
        Kensington Lock
Audio            Audio designed by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
        Integrated microphone
        ASUS SonicFocus audio technology
Battery         Li-Polymer 48WH (6 cells: 4400mAh)
Dimensions & weight 391 x 266 x 30.5-40.5 mm; 2.9Kg
Warranty       2 year global collect & return
Price             £649.99 - £999 (SRP inc VAT)

Processor      Intel® Core™ i5-520M (2.4GHz - 2.933GHz)
OS               Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit
Display          17.3” HD+ TFT (1600 x 900, Color-Shine)
Graphic Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT325M, 1GB dedicated graphics memory with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology for outstanding power source-optimised graphics performance
Storage         640GB (2 x 320GB, 5400rpm)
Memory         4096MB (2048x2) DDRIII 1066 RAM
Optical Drive Blu-Ray Combo
Wireless        802.11 BGN
Webcam        Yes
Numeric Keypad Yes
Bluetooth       2.1 + EDR
Keyboard       19mm full size 88 Key with MS Windows function keys, Numeric Keyboard
Card Reader   5-in-1 (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, XD)
Interface       1 x VGA port
1 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x e-SATA/USB2.0 Combo
1 x LAN RJ-45 jack (10/100/1000MBit)
1 x HDMI (1080p support)
2 x Audio Jacks (Headphone, SPDIF/MIC-in)
Kensington Lock
Audio            Audio designed by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
Integrated microphone
ASUS SonicFocus audio technology
Battery         Li-Polymer 48WH (6 cells: 4400mAh)
Dimensions & weight 420 x 287 x 36.7-40.5 mm; 3.4Kg
Warranty       2 year global collect & return
Price             £1,099 (SRP inc VAT)

About ASUS

ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world’s best selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era.

ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, displays, desktop PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia, wireless solutions, networking devices and mobile phones.
Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,268 awards in 2009, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than ten thousand people and a world-class R&D team of 3,000 engineers, the company's revenue for 2009 was US$7.5 billion.

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Gamerblips / Daily Radar Dead?

This message comes up now when you try to visit GamerBlips:

Thank you for your interest, but the website you are trying to visit is no longer being supported.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our bloggers, visitors, and advertisers who have supported our sites.

I've had no notification about this (as a member you might have thought I'd hear something) and it seemed fine yesterday. I wonder why it's disappeared?  At any rate, it doesn't seem like it's coming back.

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Monday, 23 August 2010

Les Miserables Adventure Game Now Freeware!

Head on over to http://enterthestory.com/ where Les Miserables is now freeware!
The Divine Comedy, Hesiod's Theogony and A Tale of Two Cities are still available to buy.

The Count of Monte Cristo is coming soon

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Press Release - Atari and Cryptic Studios Announe Neverwinter - the online RPG


Storyline for new Co-op Roleplaying Game Inspired by
R.A. Salvatore’s Upcoming Book Trilogy 

Lyon, France (August 23, 2010) – Atari Europe, one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers and Cryptic Studios, the acclaimed developers behind City of heroes, City of Villains, Champions Online and Star Trek Online, announced today the development of Neverwinter for PC.  Neverwinter is a new online roleplaying game based on Wizards of the Coast’s global property Dungeons & Dragons and the beloved city of Neverwinter.

Once a bustling location, Neverwinter has faced a great many disasters in the past hundred years. Rule of the city remains unclear following the unfortunate demise of the last Lord of Neverwinter and factions still battle for dominance after the all-consuming Spellplague took a high toll on the population. Even Neverwinter’s dead are beginning to rise from their graves and march upon the city they once called home.

“We're beyond thrilled to develop a brand new version of Neverwinter. It's been years since the original became a gaming icon and we’re honored to work with such a great franchise," said Jack Emmert, COO of Cryptic Studios. "We've been working closely with Wizards of the Coast and R.A. Salvatore to create an authentic D&D adventure filled with compelling fiction and exciting gameplay."

In Neverwinter, players choose to become one of five classic D&D classes and team up with friends or computer-controlled allies to form five-person co-op groups. Players also create their own storylines and quests utilizing an extremely user-friendly content generation system, tentatively codenamed Forge.

“Wizards of the Coast is excited to invite millions of fans back to Neverwinter with the launch of R.A. Salvatore’s Gauntlgrym,” said Liz Schuh, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. “And we’re excited about the prospects for great digital gaming experiences based on this epic world.”

Neverwinter for PC is scheduled to release in Q4 2011 and is part of a multi-platform event, including a book trilogy from New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore and a tabletop roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast. Book one in Salvatore’s Neverwinter trilogy, titled Gauntlgrym, releases on October 5 of this year and lays the groundwork for the Neverwinter storyline. The novel previews the settings, characters and monsters from the PC game and details the events that lead up to this highly anticipated PC gaming experience.

To learn more about the game, please visit: www.PlayNeverwinter.com

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